Association of State Baptist Publications honors Terry, names new executive secretary

Two retiring state paper editors, Bobby S. “Bob” Terry of Alabama and J. Gerald Harris of Georgia, were honored by the Association of State Baptist Publications (ASBP) during its June 11 meeting prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas.

Also during the editors’ annual gathering, Margaret Colson was named as ASBP’s executive secretary, succeeding Terry, a former ASBP president who had served in that role for 25 years.

Colson will continue to serve as executive director of the Baptist Communicators Association, a post she has held the past 10 years. Colson also is a writer and editor based in the Atlanta area.

A resolution of appreciation for Terry, who will retire Dec. 31, noted that he has been president and editor of The Alabama Baptist since 1995, earlier serving 20 years as editor of the Missouri Baptist Word & Way and seven years as associate editor of Kentucky Baptists’ Western Recorder.

Top-honored paper

The resolution stated that The Alabama Baptist has been among the top-honored Christian newspapers in the nation, being selected as either the first- or second-place winner in the ‘Best Regional Christian Newspaper’ category … every year after his first full year as editor. The regional awards have come from the Evangelical Press Association, Religion Communicators Council and/or Associated Church Press, sometimes two of the three in the same year.

A resolution honoring Harris, who retired as editor of The Christian Index on May 31 but will continue as senior editor through December, noted that he has led the paper since 2003 after serving as a pastor in North and South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia.

The resolution stated that Harris had overseen The Index’s move “into an online format that has witnessed tremendous digital growth since its inception in January 2016.”